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-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.

Shakespeare's Sonnets Navigator Summary of Sonnet 42 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 42

Shakespeare's Sonnet 42


  1    That thou hast her, it is not all my grief,
  2    And yet it may be said I loved her dearly;
  3    That she hath thee, is of my wailing chief,
  4    A loss in love that touches me more nearly.
  5    Loving offenders, thus I will excuse ye:
  6    Thou dost love her, because thou knowst I love her;
  7    And for my sake even so doth she abuse me,
  8    Suffering my friend for my sake to approve her.
  9    If I lose thee, my loss is my love's gain,
 10    And losing her, my friend hath found that loss;
 11    Both find each other, and I lose both twain,
 12    And both for my sake lay on me this cross.
 13      But here's the joy; my friend and I are one;
 14      Sweet flattery! then she loves but me alone.

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